Monterey and the Big Sur - Roadtrippin'

Trip Start Sep 25, 2008
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Sunday, November 23, 2008

The drive back from Yosemite to Monterey was just as spectactular as the drive in from San Fran. Monterey itself is a small town on the Californian coast at the north end of the Big Sur. It used to be the biggest sardine canning town in America. Little factoid for you there. And it is very nicely preserved.
 
We arrived in the afternoon but the hostel we wanted to stay at shuts during the day so we killed a bit of time by grabbing some Mexican food at a place on the shore with the best view out to sea through huge windows and had a wander through the town for a while. Back at the hostel we got a private room to share as it worked out as cheap as a dorm - bonus. Beautiful hostel - really friendly and with huge squashy sofas in the lounge area - perfect for chilling out and getting rested before the drive down the coast the next day.
 
We had been told that Pebble Beach was worth a look so in the morning we set off up there - it is a private road around a very expensive looking residential area but the coastal sections of it offer amazing views out to sea and along the coast. Well worth the $5 entry fee. Done with that we set off on the drive down the coast.
 
The Big Sur is a swatch of land along the California coast where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the Pacific Oceean creating some of the most dramatic coastal scenery to be had on the West coast. The drive is along Highway 1 which hugs to coast all the way though the Big Sur and then continues down the coast. There were plenty of lookout spots to stop at and was another day of seeing things that I can't begin to put into words. It was astounding. If you are in California, hire a car and do it. It is well worth the slightly hair-raising drive!
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